Sunday, May 14, 2017

More Ladies

My normal running route was covered with water in places due to heavy rain this past week so I went to Camp Creek Park to run but kept being distracted by Wildflowers. I found a beautiful clump of Yellow Lady Slippers. Also Foam Flowers, False Solomon's Seal, Stone Crop and a new one for my attempt to find and photograph as many of West Virginia's wildflowers.
Hooked Buttercup- Ranunculus recurvatus is found along streams and other wet areas. I cannot remember seeing it before, but something about it attracted my attention as I ran by. I covered 4 1/2 miles that day and probably stopped 6-8 times for photographs. Not very efficient running but certainly was interesting.

# 352- Hooked Buttercup- Ranunculus recurvatus

False Solomon's Seal 
Stone Crop

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Last Gasp of Ephemeral Season

Large Flowered Trillium
This one is pink from the time it first blooms.
Most fade to pink. 

Ephemeral season is almost gone. I got out around the house and nearby to see all of these wildflowers and shrubs in one day. The painted Trillium I believe is one of the loveliest flowers anywhere and has a very brief viewing opportunity.

Painted Trillium 
Pink Ladyslipper

Cinnamon Fern

                                         Pink azalea

Pink azalea

Fringe tree, Chionanthus virginicus

Saturday, April 29, 2017

White Showy Orchis, Ephemerals and Tree/Shrub Blooms

White Showy Orchis (note last years seed pod)

I spent a beautiful morning roaming the woods near my home under the guise of turkey hunting. I had seen these Showy Orchis last year before they bloomed and was pleased to see them blooming this year. I also found my first all white one. Needless to say my shotgun was forgotten somewhere on a log for a good portion of the morning. This is why I am almost no threat to the turkey population. Many other ephemerals were seen and photographed. I will also post several trees and shrubs I saw blooming this week within the New River Gorge National River.
White Showy Orchis

Showy Orchis

Res-Spotted Newt or Red Eft
Purple Trillium
Foam Flower
Perfoliate Bellflower
This is the 'holler' where I found these wildflowers this morning.
To the left is another stream with this raised area between them. 
Virginia pennywort
Showy Orchis

Purple Trillium

Woodland Anemone 

Carolina Silver Bell

Carolina Silver Bell


Wild Blueberry



Friday, April 14, 2017

Botanising from SC to WV in One Day

Catesby Trillium (Trillium catesbaei)

During a family vacation in the Carolinas, I had the opportunity to visit the

Anne Springs Close Greenway, a private Nature Preserve in Fort Mill, SC.
 I was there early Friday morning and when we arrived home Friday evening, I headed to the Brush Creek Preserve near my home in WV.  It's interesting to see the variety and similarities that 2400 feet elavation difference and 200 miles separation makes. At Anne Springs, I saw Catesby Trillium (Trillium catesbaei) along with several others. 

The whole time I was in SC, I was worried I would miss peak bloom at Brush Creek. But, I hit it perfect this evening. Below are WV pctures

Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) and
Long Spurred Violet

Purple Trillium or Erect Trillium

A Patch of the thousands of Large Flowered Trillium 

Large Flowered Trillium 
Wild Ginger

Foam Flower

Trout Lilly

Gaywings or Fringed Polygala
Gaywings or Fringed Polygala

Creeping Phlox

Pussytoes and Creeping Phlox on a shale barren

Female Pussytoes
Male Pussytoes